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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Riding Mill village notes

THANK you to Elaine Raeburn, Val Thompson, Ena Clark, Gill Birkby and all the volunteers in the Café @The Foyer for filling our parish hall with festive cheer last Monday.

The atmosphere, the hospitality, the variety of stalls displaying crafts handmade with love and care, the charity stalls, the inspired stocking fillers and the friendship all symbolised the true meaning of Christmas.

CONTINUING in the same way this morning, (Friday, December 20), the café will be open for the last time in 2013 from 9.30am.

If you are not always able to come along, please try to do so today when the parish council will be presenting a photograph of Bobby and Frank Turner and the Village Hall Trust will be planting a tree in the parish hall garden in memory of our dear friend, Bobby.

It seems entirely appropriate that on the last day that the café is open this year we pay tribute to Bobby and Frank whose shop was always at the heart of the village and is sadly missed.

It will, however, be wonderful if Frank can now join us in the café and villagers can look after him the way he has always looked after us.

SUE, the resident barber, will also be in the café today (Friday, December 20), for that last minute Christmas trim for gentlemen, ladies and children.

THE Bridge Club will be meeting for the last time in 2013 this afternoon (Friday, December 20), following which our halls are much quieter until the New Year.

WHILE the parish hall is closed, if you would still like your Friday, December 27, and Friday, January 3, editions of the Hexham Courant, please leave your name, address and money in the box provided in the foyer and these will be delivered to you by Santa’s elves who have agreed to work overtime!

NOT wishing to be “bah humbug”, I should mention that Slimming World has changed its schedule for one week only.

Next week, the class has moved from Boxing Day to Friday, December 27, at the usual times.

At least that gives us another 24 hours to work off that Christmas pudding!

I KNOW the next few days will be hectic for everyone so take care and I hope you all have a very happy, healthy Christmas.

IF you have any queries, or if you have information to share in our village notes, please email pampryor@btinternet.com or call (01434) 682927.